Groundhog's Day blizzard pounds U.S.; Category 4 Yasi hits Australia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:50 PM GMT on February 02, 2011

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The great Groundhog's Day Blizzard of 2011 continues to pound a huge swath of the U.S. with heavy snows, destructive freezing rain, and dangerously cold and windy conditions. Over 1/2” of ice has caused power outages in Indianapolis, and up to .9” of ice has hit Columbus, Ohio. Ice amounts in excess of 1/2” have also affected Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey New York, and Pennsylvania. Blizzard conditions continue in Chicago, where heavy snows of up to two inches per hour in high winds have crippled the city's transportation system. As of 9am CST this morning, Chicago's O'Hare Airport had received 19.5” of snow, making it city's third greatest snowstorm on record. Only the January 2 - 4 1999 blizzard (21.6") and January 2 – 4, 1967 blizzard (23”) have dumped more snow on Chicago. Today's blizzard had stronger winds than Chicago's other two record snowstorms, and thus this storm is probably the worst snowstorm ever to affect the city, as far as impacts on travel go. Huge drifts in excess of 6 feet are common in the city, and residents are finding it difficult to leave their houses, much less travel on area roads. Winds last night at Chicago's Calumet Harbor were sustained at tropical storm force, 39 mph, with gusts to 51 mph, and high winds tore off part of a fiberboard roof panel behind home plate at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago buoy, 10 miles offshore in Lake Michigan, had sustained winds of 54 mph, gusting to 66 mph, last night. Winds are slowly decreasing across Chicago, and the blizzard will be over by early afternoon.


Figure 1. Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago on the night of February 1, 2011. Image credit: Viewer uploaded photo from WGN.

According to the National Weather Service, since snow records began in 1886 in Chicago, there have been 43 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow. A 10 inch snow occurs about once every 3 years. A 15 inch snow occurs only once about every 20 years. The closest back to back 10 inch
snows were March 25-26 and April 1-2, 1970 (6 days apart). The longest period of time without a 10 inch snow or greater was February 12, 1981 to January 1, 1999 (almost 18 years). The earliest 10 inch snow was November 25-26, 1895 and the latest 10 inch snow was April 1-2, 1970. The most recent 10 inch snow was January 9-10, 2009.

Chicago's 10 biggest Snowstorms:

1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3. 19.5 inches Feb 1-2, 2011
4. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
5. 18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
6. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
7. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
8. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
9. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
10. 14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970

The great storm's fury now turns to New England. Boston received 9.7” of snow as of 7am from the storm, and another 4 – 8” is on the way today. Heavy snows in excess of 6 inches are expected in a swath extending from central New York through Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine today. Up to 1/4” of ice is expected through New England along the southern edge of the heavy snow belt. Cities near the coast such as New York City and Philadelphia will receive mostly rain from the storm, though.

Some selected snowfall totals from the Groundhog's Day Blizzard of 2011, as of 9am EST:

Spring Grove, IL 20.8”
Miami, OK 20”
Jefferson City, MO 18.3”
S. Fort Scott, KS 18”
Tulsa, OK 15”
Schenectady, NY 9.6”
Boston, MA 9.7”
Detroit, MI 7.5”
Oklahoma City, OK 7”
West Hartford, CT 6.5”
Abilene, TX 6”
Cedar Rapids, IA 4.5”


Figure 2. Satellite image of the Groundhog's Day Blizzard of 2011, taken at 10am EST February 2. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Yasi hits Queensland, Australia
Tropical Cyclone Yasi roared inland over Queensland, Australia at 12:30am local time this morning as a strengthening Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds and a 930 mb central pressure. Yasi is incredibly strong, its winds falling just 5 mph short of Category 5 status. This makes the storm one of the top-ten strongest cyclones to hit Australia since accurate records began in 1970.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology had this to say about Yasi in their advisory last night:

YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN
EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA,
ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.

THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS.


Figure 3. Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 03:35 UTC February 2, 2011, as seen by NASA's Aqua satellite.

On Wednesday morning at 9:30am local time, Yasi hit tiny Willis Island, where a minimum pressure of 938 mb and a peak wind gust of 115 mph was observed before Yasi cut communications and damaged the radar.

Queensland faces three major threats from Yasi. The cyclone will bring torrential rainfall to a region with saturated soils that saw record flooding earlier this month. The latest rainfall forecast from NOAA using satellite-based rainfall estimates shows 4 – 6” of rain falling along Yasi's track over the next 24 hours. The GFS model is predicting that a wide swath of Queensland will receive 5 - 10 inches of rain over the next week, due to the combined effects of Yasi and a moist flow of tropical air over the region. Fortunately, Yasi is moving with a rapid forward speed, about 21 mph, and is not expected to linger over Queensland after landfall. The heaviest rainfall will miss Queensland's most populated regions to the south that had the worst flooding problems earlier this month, including the Australia's third largest city, Brisbane.

Yasi brought highly destructive winds to a region of coast between the cities of Cairns (population 150,000) and Townsville (population 200,000). Strong building codes have been in place in Queensland since the 1960s, which will help reduce the damage amounts. The fact that Yasi's eyewall missed these two major cities is lucky, since the coast is less populous between the cities.

A dangerous storm surge in excess of ten feet likely occurred along the left front quadrant of the storm where it came ashore. The tidal was going out when the storm struck, and the inundation from the storm surge will be about 1 meter (3 feet) less than it would have been had the storm hit at high tide.

Yasi is larger and more dangerous than Cyclone Larry of 2006, which hit Queensland as a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds. Larry killed one person and caused $872 million in damage (2011 U.S. dollars.) Yasi will bring heavy rains to a region with soils already saturated from record rains, and may become a billion-dollar cyclone.


Figure 4. Radar image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi at landfall in Queensland, Australia. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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Quoting pcbhere:
"Funnily enough the US Weather Channel has gone nuts for the storm in the US, but makes no mention of cyclone Yasi. Their outlook for Cairns is for scattered thunderstorms and a 60% chance of rain."

From the couriermail.com.au
leave it to twc to fail reporting on the biggest tropical cyclone since Typhoon Tip
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Tink,

pa-tink,,tink

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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


This is getting crazy.. wow



Is that for the future or the storm about to happen? Also, what do you think about the current NOAA special statement for our area. It hardly ever gets to that point:o
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"Funnily enough the US Weather Channel has gone nuts for the storm in the US, but makes no mention of cyclone Yasi. Their outlook for Cairns is for scattered thunderstorms and a 60% chance of rain."

From the couriermail.com.au
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hey guys wow weather underground look different and better
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More info on yasi
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New format is awesome, It only too a few minutes to figure out where marine forecast, scientific discussion, and astronomy. The hourly breakdown is showing 3 hour lumps. If the W best forecast is from one of the models that does hourly granulation, will it display all the data?
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Quoting atmoaggie:
I dunno.

This was the GFS 12 day forecast snowcover from the 12 UTC run on Jan 21. While we aren't likely to see 6 inches on snow over central LA in the next day or so, we are most likely going to see some snow across most of the area GFS call for it 12 days ago. Not a terribly bad miss for 12 days out.



True, but that Florida accumulation is a bunch of crap in that figure lol.

Which probably does prove my point that people freaking out about GFS bringing snow to Florida in the extended period beyond the 7 day is a load of junk. I won't be surprised if it doesn't even get that cold in Florida at all. The arctic oscillation(NAO) has change quite a bit since all those cold blasts we had a while back from December into the first half of January. But now the pattern has changed and it now somewhat opposes big cold blasts in Florida if anything.

When I'm referring to Florida. I mean central and south Florida. The panhandle has a pretty big difference in winter climate.
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Quoting Patrap:
Cyclone Yasi's arrival in Queensland propels sugar prices to record high

Analysts say half of state's crop could be destroyed – and weather will also severely disrupt exports of coal, copper and tin


Cyclone Yasi pushed global commodity prices to record highs and will exact a heavy toll on the world economy and the state of Queensland, City analysts warned today.

The price of sugar hit a 30-year high in New York as analysts warned that up to half the state's crop this year could be destroyed by the cyclone. The cyclone also helped push copper and tin prices to a new high.

Xstrata, the London-based mining company, said it was evacuating its copper refining and port operations in Townsville, northern Queensland. Copper, a key material in the construction industry which has risen 60% since last June, touched nearly $10,000 a tonne yesterday. The railways and ports used to export sugar, copper and other valuable commodities such as coal could be put out of action for months.

Queensland is also the world's largest producer of coking coal, used to make steel, earning about A$30bn from annual exports. Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto said it had closed its Hail Creek coalmine. Xstrata has closed Collinsville coalmine and shut down its Bowen Coke operations. It said it was monitoring the situation at other sites in Queensland.


At the moment you have 177,000 without power that they can report. Airports are closed and the Army has said they will not enter any of the areas until Yasi has completely left the area.
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THE north Queensland town of Tully is a scene of mass devastation, with roofs torn from houses and power poles knocked over.

The town, just inland from where Cyclone Yasi made landfall as a monster category five storm, is littered with debris and residents are braced for heartbreaking scenes at first light.

Cassowary Coast councillor Ross Sorbello said the worst of Yasi appeared to be passing away from the town, but he's full of dread about what he'll see when the sun comes up.

He said he'd had many reports of homes without roofs, including his own mother's where he'd been taking shelter, forcing he and his wife and mum to flee.

"We are talking about a pretty strong brick house that was built in the 70s, so god help us in the morning when we look at some of the older places," he said.
Other nearby properties had suffered the same fate.

He said that even in the dark, a very brief look outside as the eye passed over, told him the devastation would be vast.

"It is just a scene of mass devastation," he said. "(Cyclone) Larry was a boy compared to this."

He said people were calling him to recount their losses.

"People are calling up telling me they've got roofs off, one farmer said he had a great big shed blow away," he said.

"All of it confirms that we will be waking up to scenes of destruction in the morning."

He said Yasi's fury, which brought winds of up to 290km/h to the north Queensland coast, was finally starting to move on from Tully.

"The winds are still going but its finally starting to die down a little so it appears the worst is over."

Tully resident Stephanie Grimaz said houses in her street had been ripped apart.

"The flat from across the street is in our front yard and we can see other houses which have just been destroyed," she told AAP.

"There are sheets of iron everywhere, the streets are just full of debris."
Speaking during the eye of the storm, Ms Grimaz said the winds had been terrifying.

"We live in a pretty solid concrete house and even that was trembling," she said.

At Bilyana, south of Tully, several buildings have been damaged, the ABC reported.

"I think all the roof's gone. I could hear it all popping off," one resident, identified only as Rae, told the ABC


THE north Queensland town of Tully is a scene of mass devastation, with roofs torn from houses and power poles knocked over.

The town, just inland from where Cyclone Yasi made landfall as a monster category five storm, is littered with debris and residents are braced for heartbreaking scenes at first light.

Cassowary Coast councillor Ross Sorbello said the worst of Yasi appeared to be passing away from the town, but he's full of dread about what he'll see when the sun comes up.

He said he'd had many reports of homes without roofs, including his own mother's where he'd been taking shelter, forcing he and his wife and mum to flee.

"We are talking about a pretty strong brick house that was built in the 70s, so god help us in the morning when we look at some of the older places," he said.

Other nearby properties had suffered the same fate.

He said that even in the dark, a very brief look outside as the eye passed over, told him the devastation would be vast.

"It is just a scene of mass devastation," he said. "(Cyclone) Larry was a boy compared to this."

He said people were calling him to recount their losses.

"People are calling up telling me they've got roofs off, one farmer said he had a great big shed blow away," he said.

"All of it confirms that we will be waking up to scenes of destruction in the morning."

He said Yasi's fury, which brought winds of up to 290km/h to the north Queensland coast, was finally starting to move on from Tully.

"The winds are still going but its finally starting to die down a little so it appears the worst is over."

Tully resident Stephanie Grimaz said houses in her street had been ripped apart.

"The flat from across the street is in our front yard and we can see other houses which have just been destroyed," she told AAP.

"There are sheets of iron everywhere, the streets are just full of debris."

Deceptive calm

Reporter Greg Stolz tells of an eerie silence in Tully as the eye of Cyclone Yari passes over the town.

Speaking during the eye of the storm, Ms Grimaz said the winds had been terrifying.

"We live in a pretty solid concrete house and even that was trembling," she said.

At Bilyana, south of Tully, several buildings have been damaged, the ABC reported.

"I think all the roof's gone. I could hear it all popping off," one resident, identified only as Rae, told the ABC



Midnight in Innisfail

Sophie Elsworth reports from Innisfail at midnight as Cyclone Yasi crosses the coast in far north Queensland.

In Mission Beach, where the cyclone hit the coast, Sergeant-in-charge Dan Gallagher said they were anticipating significant damage.

It was still too dark to tell this morning but there may have been a small reprieve.

"Given when the cyclone did hit we were lucky it was a very low tide, which could be a saviour for this community," he said.

He said the tourist town usually has between 4000 and 6000 people and was now down to 1000 with many choosing to evacuate.

He said they will get out as soon as possible to start assessing the impact, with the community of Bingil Bay one of the first on their list.

"There are a lot of people in there that we haven't been able to make contact with and we need to get in there and check on them," he said.

"We're going to try to get out as quick as we can to do a scan what's happening in all the communities."

Overnight the station itself was home to 15 adults and 10 children along with pets as they sheltered from the cyclone.

He said they think some of their houses could be seriously damaged.

"We've actually had to evacuate our homes and believe that they've probably been destroyed," he said.

At least one of the neighbouring police residences has a tree through it.

A lot of the rainforest which flanks the town has come down, blocking roads and slowing recovery.

"Given what the vegetation looks like around the police compound, it could take us several hours to get just to the next part of town," he said.
He said the community was amazing and they would rally.

"This will be testing but it won't be difficult, because they just get in and do it."

Further south in Cardwell, residents faced mandatory evacuation.

Maria who lives in the town said she had moved to a house further inland with 11 people from the area.

"This is worse than Larry for us because Larry was over pretty quickly," she said.

"This was a big roar, it just sounded like a big freight train."

She said some of the community had gone to Tully but others had chosen to stay in Cardwell.
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Cyclone Yasi's arrival in Queensland propels sugar prices to record high

Analysts say half of state's crop could be destroyed – and weather will also severely disrupt exports of coal, copper and tin


Cyclone Yasi pushed global commodity prices to record highs and will exact a heavy toll on the world economy and the state of Queensland, City analysts warned today.

The price of sugar hit a 30-year high in New York as analysts warned that up to half the state's crop this year could be destroyed by the cyclone. The cyclone also helped push copper and tin prices to a new high.

Xstrata, the London-based mining company, said it was evacuating its copper refining and port operations in Townsville, northern Queensland. Copper, a key material in the construction industry which has risen 60% since last June, touched nearly $10,000 a tonne yesterday. The railways and ports used to export sugar, copper and other valuable commodities such as coal could be put out of action for months.

Queensland is also the world's largest producer of coking coal, used to make steel, earning about A$30bn from annual exports. Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto said it had closed its Hail Creek coalmine. Xstrata has closed Collinsville coalmine and shut down its Bowen Coke operations. It said it was monitoring the situation at other sites in Queensland.
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274. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Advice #32
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE YASI (14U)
8:00 AM EST February 3 2011
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At 8:00 AM EST, Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category Two (983 hPa) was located at 19.2S 143.9E 110 km south southeast of Georgetown and 245 km west southwest of Cardwell has 10 minute sustained winds of 55 knots with gusts of 75 knots and moving southwest at 19 knots.

YASI CONTINUES TO WEAKEN, BUT IS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN AND DANGEROUS WIND GUSTS AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE TROPICAL INTERIOR.

The DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Yasi, with gusts in excess of 125 km/h, will weaken as it continues to move in a west-southwesterly direction. Yasi is south-east of Georgetown and will be near Mt Isa tonight as a tropical depression.

DAMAGING WINDS, with gusts above 90 km/hr, are occurring along the coast and extend inland to Georgetown and Hughenden. They will extend further west towards Richmond and Julia Creek during the day.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES and large waves will continue between Port Douglas and Ayr and sea levels may again exceed the high water mark on the morning high tide.

FLOOD RAINS will continue along the coast and ranges, with heavy rains extending across the adjacent inland.

FLOOD WARNINGS are current for a number of rivers between Cairns and Mackay.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
================================
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cairns to Ayr, extending west across the tropical interior to Mt. Isa.
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Houston/Galveston NWS

Amounts: in the snow and sleet area expecting accumulations of 1
to 3 inches with isolated totals around 4 inches. The best chance
of 4 inch accumulations will be across the Piney Woods and lakes
area of East Texas. In the ice area (far se)...ice accumulations
of 1/10 to 1/4 inch are expected.


Impacts: the main difference between this event and the winter
weather events over southeast Texas the last couple of years will be the
colder temperatures. Due to the very low dewpoints and
evaporative cooling...temperatures will run 5 to 7 degrees colder
with this event. These colder temperatures will result in a much
higher likelihood of roads becoming iced over...even with light
precipitation amounts. This will especially be the case with elevated
surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Road conditions are expected
to deteriorate beginning around sunset Thursday. In addition...
power outages will be possible especially in the freezing rain
threat area.

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some images that i got from a site..










Probably get more later..
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271. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number #3
DEPRESSION BOB01-2011
23:30 PM IST February 2 2011
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At 18:00 PM UTC, Depression BOB01-2011 over southwest Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lays centered near 6.5N 82.5E, or about 100 km southeast of Pottuvil, 150 km east northeast of Hambantota, 550 km southeast of Kanyakumari.

3 minute sustained winds near the center is 25 knots with gusts of 30 knots with a central pressure of 1002 hPa. The state of the sea is rough to very rough.

Animation of past 24 hours INSAT imageries indicate that meso-scale convective clusters in association with the system merged gradually along with increasing deep convection. The Dvorak intensity of the system is T1.5. Associated broken low/medium clouds with embedded intense convection is seen over southwest Bay of Bengal, south of 10.0N and west of 84.0E, Sri Lanka and adjoining west coast. Lowest cloud top temperature due to convection is around -65C.

Current meteorological conditions and numerical weather prediction models suggest that the system is not likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm. It would move west northwestward and cross Sri Lanka coast between Hambantota and Pottuvil tomorrow morning.

Addition Information
========================

Vorticity at 850 HPA level around the system center has increased during the past 6 hours. The system lies to the south of tropospheric ridge, which roughly runs along 12.0N at 200 HPA level. Vertical wind shear of horizontal wind over the region is moderate (10-20 knots). The Madden Julian Oscilation index lies over the east equatorial Indian Ocean with low amplitude, which is favorable for genesis, but not favorable for further intensification into a cyclonic storm. Sea surface temperature is 26-28C, and the ocean heat content over southwest Bay of Bengal is less than 40 kj/cm2, which is not favorable for intensification.

Considering all the above, this system is not expected to intensify further and will move west northwestward
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Tully

There is "virtually nothing standing" in Tully, says Tully Times reporter Linda Timms about the surrounding rainforest





The scene at Cyclone Yasi's ground zero is one of devastation, but even police who bunkered down at Mission Beach don't know just how bad it is.

Police say trees had been reduced to sticks, streets were littered with debris, and some buildings had been damaged, but conditions are still too dangerous to allow even a cursory assessment of the damage.

"Around 10pm (AEST) there was this massive roar and we could hear vegetation being shredded to pieces," said officer in charge Sergeant Dan Gallagher.

90 per cent of the streets of Tully are expected to be extensively damaged.

"We do expect to see Tully experiencing some very very high levels of damage to buildings, to vegetation and potentially to other infrastructure," Anna Bligh

Ms Bligh said six people, aged in their 60s, who were trapped in a unit at Port Hinchinbrook overnight were safe and well on Thursday morning.

"I'm very pleased to advise they're safe," she said.

"I'm sure they had tough night."
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Yesterday’s Temperature & Rainfall

Minimum: Liawenee, TAS 3.8°C

Maximum: Lucinda Point, QLD 51.6°C (124F)
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/weather/
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Click the link button above the comment box, paste the URL, click OK.


Thank you DAM, I'll do a trial and error when the blog is not so busy....lol...need to learn this for sure.
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Weather forecasters have warned of winds reaching speeds of up to 90mph over parts of Scotland during Thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ news/ uk-scotland-highlands-islands-12345623
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Morning all.
I will post some photo's that are now coming through from Yasi's destruction.
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Officials say two people have died and one is reported missing in new floods and mudslides in northeastern Sri Lanka just weeks after 44 people were killed by heavy rains.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gJYJA4JHfw_t9BFq3Kdu7vdk8vHA?docId=583 0516
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This is getting crazy.. wow
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:
Pat...I don't know how to post a link, can u post the WU Classic format link to Taz....


Click the link button above the comment box, paste the URL, click OK.
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THE torrential rain that inundated dozens of towns in the
region last month smashed rainfall records, some more than a century
old.
As the clean-up continues following the floods, the remnants of two
tropical cyclones will dump about 50mm of rain north of the Great
Dividing Range by Saturday.
Maryborough headed a list of towns that saw their highest January
monthly and daily rainfall since weather records began there in 1868.
On January 14, Maryborough had 90.4mm of rain, beating the record of
83.8 set in 1961, while its January rainfall was 240.7mm, smashing the
previous highest of 132.5 set in 1928.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/ news/ local/ news/ general/ big-wet-the-biggest-ever/ 2065293.aspx
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27hours:


30hours:


Should be interesting for some folks in the south.. I'm actually looking at next week as well.. hmm
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Quoting plywoodstatenative:
Pat, anything that Portlight is talking about doing to help out over there? I know that there will be relief flights requested, anything you can think of that will be done?


Paul is already making inquiries thru Relief Net and others.

Theres always a need for those in the Impacted Zone for essentials,and we focus on the Disabled and their needs as well, as we communicate.
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Quoting plywoodstatenative:


That is a run that no one wants to see.... SnowMaggedon round III


We will c.. still not convince yet.. maybe some folks live a lil north and west from me though..
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classic.wunderground.com

..For Tazaroo
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Another storm for the South and Northeast. (Anyone think Jim Cantore is getting a little dramatic in this video????)

Link
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lotsa lotsa cloud cover in the Gulf, just wait till that upper low in NM moves east, the whole radar will light up at all sites
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What we are having now is a creeping disaster," the head of the state
weather service, Graciano Yumul, on Wednesday told reporters in Manila.

Yumul said Surigao, a city of 120,000 people, had received 1.8 metres (nearly six feet) of rain in one day.

http://www.google.com/ hostednews/ afp/ article/ ALeqM5hchlhfnIMa0RSWPv5OV3bIr9gX8w?docId=CNG.f974d6c828ca767501df0b8103b261c7.891

Weather bureau officials said in a briefing in Malacañang
that rainfall volume in several areas outside Metro Manila have tripled
last month, indicating impending disaster as the situation is seen
extending in the first half with stronger typhoons expected in the
second half.

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=Weather%20bureau%20warns%20of%20increasing%20calamiti es%20from%20rains&id=25662
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251. EYEStoSEA
9:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Pat...I don't know how to post a link, can u post the WU Classic format link to Taz....
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250. plywoodstatenative
9:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


Getting interesting with some of the GFS runs..


That is a run that no one wants to see.... SnowMaggedon round III
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249. atmoaggie
9:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Quoting atmoaggie:
Hereby reporting sleet observed in Covington, LA.
Though the NWS radar is set on a coverage pattern that misses it entirely (Covington in that completely void of reflectivity area, west of radar site). Interesting.



Lowest radar elevation above the shallow, low-level precip?
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248. FLPandhandleJG
9:51 PM GMT on February 02, 2011


Getting interesting with some of the GFS runs..
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247. plywoodstatenative
9:48 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Pat, anything that Portlight is talking about doing to help out over there? I know that there will be relief flights requested, anything you can think of that will be done?
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246. atmoaggie
9:48 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Hereby reporting sleet observed in Covington, LA.
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245. Tazmanian
9:48 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Quoting EYEStoSEA:


Well someone young like you will probably not have any trouble navigating, but some of us are sticking to the original ,classic version...for now anyway. It's a touchy subject, if you know what I mean....:)


ok
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244. Patrap
9:47 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Quoting plywoodstatenative:
It seems that the only places not feeling the weather, Pat, are South Florida and California. Beyond that, everyone is hating this winter.


Thats true in a sense.

Ive been cold since Xmas easily .

So Shockingly fast to see how a Super Cyclone changes the Landscape soon after Sunrise.

We will see how we can do something.

Im sure they going to need the Relief.

Aussies are tough Great people and our Allies,.but they just took one on the chin and the "early views are devastating".

ReliefWEB words there,..
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243. plywoodstatenative
9:46 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Quoting EYEStoSEA:
Looking at GOES WV ...a lot of moisture moving up...


Any of it heading my way, we need rain badly
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242. atmoaggie
9:46 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
So, this would be GoM-effect snow, if it continues...very similar to lake-effect snow up north. (Really, very similar mechanisms at work)
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241. EYEStoSEA
9:45 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Looking at GOES WV ...a lot of moisture moving up...
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